MIT’s no-code app building software could help during disaster

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In times of disaster, two things matter the most: speed and organization. Civilians affected by an unforeseen tragedy need to be able to access important pieces of relevant information — and do so as soon as possible. MIT researchers have developed a system to help communities put together mobile-based disaster apps with no coding involved, thanks to a continuation of a former Google (s goog) product.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Qatar Computing Research Institute developed an Android-based set of tools to help aid workers and communities build disaster-relief tools on the fly. On the platform, a non-programmer can create a mobile app from soup to nuts with no coding knowledge involved, and that app can be helpful enough to give a mobile user necessary and related information with a plain-language search. Using a drag-and-drop system, a worker can easily create a database of shelters…

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